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Announcement of Traditional Craft Business Operators, Production Areas and Ten Model Themes Evaluated and Selected under the Craft Meet Project Across Japan

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched the Craft Meet Project, which seeks to reevaluate the traditional craft techniques of each area of Japan from a foreign perspective to tap into overseas demand, with the aim of cultivating overseas markets for traditional crafts and revitalizing regional economies. METI hereby announces the traditional craft business operators and production areas evaluated and selected across Japan.

1. Outline of the project

  • The Craft Meet Project seeks to reevaluate the traditional craft techniques of each area of Japan from a foreign perspective to tap into overseas demand, with the aim of cultivating overseas markets for traditional crafts and revitalizing regional economies by;
    1. Identifying traditional craft production areas and business operators that could potentially host experts from overseas;
    2. Preparing themes to reevaluate traditional craft techniques and stories;
    3. Supporting the branding of production areas.

2. Future plans

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, METI publicized the traditional craft business operators, production areas and ten model themes, which are evaluated and selected across Japan, on the website (https://www.japanpage.net/featured/Craft Meet/external link). In addition, METI will hold a special exhibition for this project as a part of the 82st Tokyo International Gift Show Autumn 2016 held at Tokyo Big Sight from Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9, and will announce the selection results.

The selected business operators, production areas and ten model themes will appear in a brochure (published in Japanese and English) titled “Story Book,” targeting B2B trading. METI will endeavor to introduce the brochure to the world at international exhibitions and other opportunities.

Craft Meet Project management office: id10 japan corporation
Ms. Ito, Mr. Ando, Mr. Tanuma
Tel: 03-5773-8330
Fax: 03-5773-8331
E-mail: ask@craft-meet.com
Inquiries from the public: 10:00-18:00, except Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays

Reference

Release date

September 6, 2016

Division in Charge

Traditional Craft Industry Office, Lifestyle Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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